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Track maintenance & engineering - Articles and news items

Network Rail sets target to increase female employees to 20% by 2020

Rail industry news / 6 March 2017 /

Only one in five women are currently employed as engineers in the UK. To combat this Network Rail has set itself a target to increase its take-up of female employees from 16% to 20% by 2020.

Current methods and innovations – a UK focus

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

In this article for European Railway Review, Brian Counter, Technical Director of the Permanent Way Institution (PWI), reviews current methods and innovations in the UK rail industry’s track maintenance machinery sector.

Winter preparations – keeping things on track

Rail industry news / 6 December 2016 /

During winter the effects of weather extremes and harsh conditions can prove a real challenge for rail infrastructure managers and engineers in keeping the network running…

Manufacturing quality in series

Issue 6 2016 / 23 November 2016 /

The new fleet programme of DB Netz AG (Deutsche Bahn’s rail infrastructure company) demonstrates extraordinary quality standards. Simon Misar, Head of Content in the Advertising Department of Plasser & Theurer, explains that – for the first time – Plasser & Theurer has built track maintenance machines for DB Netz AG that meet the same technical requirements as track motor vehicles.

New track switch could reduce rail disruption caused by points failures

Rail industry news / 28 October 2016 /

Loughborough University’s Control Systems Group has revealed a consortium, led by Ricardo Rail Ltd, will develop the first installation of a new track switch that could reduce rail disruption caused by point failures.

Infrastructure group calls for whole life concrete slab track solution

Railway Extra / 26 October 2016 /

Transport infrastructure association Britpave discuss the benefits of concrete slab track in rail investment

3rd Global Track Maintenance and Asset Management Congress 2017

Rail industry news / 6 October 2016 /

The only global conference on track maintenance & rail infrastructure asset management returns to Berlin…

Network Rail completes four-year track renewal programme in Yorkshire

Rail industry news / 19 September 2016 /

Network Rail’s specialist engineering train has completed a four-year maintenance programme on the railways serving Yorkshire…

New developments in on-track machines for narrow gauge track

Issue 4 2016 / 25 July 2016 /

MATISA Matériel Industriel SA has unveiled its two latest on-track machines (OTM), demonstrating new opportunities for narrow gauge track maintenance.

Network Rail completes Easter work programme despite storm conditions

Rail industry news / 29 March 2016 /

Network Rail has completed its Easter improvement works despite a large section of the UK experiencing poor weather conditions with the arrival of Storm Katie.

Bombardier to provide rail engineering education in Thailand

Rail industry news / 4 March 2016 /

Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement to provide rail engineering education in Thailand, strengthening its position in key markets.

Network Rail prepares for Easter improvement works

Rail industry news / 26 February 2016 /

Network Rail prepares for one of the biggest investment programmes ever carried out on Britain’s rail network over the Easter period.